Another Aquino it seems is turning out to be the worst President in the history of the Philippines. No other President has so completely polarised the nation, blatantly violated human rights, and consistently disrespected the Supreme Court as much as President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) had so far. Worse, no other President has ignored what is written in the Philippine constitution more than PNoy, the only son of former President Cory Aquino.
You can be forgiven for saying that PNoy’s late mother might be turning in her grave. And you can also be forgiven for saying that the apple does not fall far from the tree. I suppose that PNoy is just finishing what his late mother started. For it was obviously apparent when she was still alive that it was Cory who started the vilification against former President, Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo after it was said that they had a falling out for reasons the public is not privy to. It must have been over something they consider really serious because the relationship between the Arroyos and the Aquinos went pear shaped in just a matter of a few years. Hacienda Luisita comes to mind…but I digress. The animosity that developed between the two women was in stark contrast to the time when they stood side by side during the second Edsa revolution that toppled former President, Joseph “Erap” Estrada in 2002. Unfortunately, the war between the roses is splitting the nation as the Aquino administration becomes desperate in their pursuit of GMA.
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It is evident that the current Aquino administration is going through a rough time at the moment. It seems that the Malacañang staff corps is freaking out, seeing the way they conduct their activities like a circus show. Pandemonium struck recently when they ordered officers at the Naia International Airport (NAIA) to bar GMA from leaving for Singapore for medical treatment despite no charges so far being filed against her related to anything used as bases for the ban, and despite the Supreme Court putting a temporary restraining order on the travel ban on GMA.
What erupted at the airport was a dramatic spectacle of Gloria Arroyo arriving on board an ambulance of St. Luke’s Hospital. Wearing her halo vest, she was seated in a wheel chair and for a few moments TV cameras were allowed to soak in the image of a once powerful woman looking diminished, aged.
It was said that the show was meant to inspire sympathy for her.
Then, after an hour or so, the Arroyo couple left the airport with First Gentleman Arroyo shouting that the Aquino Administration was without conscience and that the former President despite her condition had been treated cruelly.
Congresswoman Arroyo’s spokesperson was also heard comparing what happened to Martial Law.
Other members of the Arroyo camp wailed over the Aquino Administration’s trampling of an individual’s right to the presumption of innocence and right to travel.
This is a classic case of the Aquinos running the country like their personal fiefdom. A national spectacle is now unfolding, something that someone with a penchant for drama like PNoy seems to condone.
It is understandable that the Aquino administration is panicking. They have put all their eggs in one basket. Most of their activities are focused on catching the “bad guy” and in their mind, the only bad guy is former President, now Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo (GMA). The signs of stress are obvious. It is quite silly because they put that pressure on themselves in the first place. PNoy was the one who “has vowed repeatedly to bring Arroyo to justice and said he wants her to be formally charged before Christmas.” Now that there are only a few more weeks until Christmas, PNoy and his staff are doing their darndest trying every trick in the book just to prevent the former President from seeking medical treatment abroad. Someone said that this is worse than Martial Law. At least former President Marcos had a heart to let the late former Senator, Ninoy Aquino seek medical treatment abroad.
It is absolutely mind-boggling why PNoy is not heeding the orders of the Supreme Court. It reeks of hypocrisy. Even Senator Miriam Santiago thinks that they are being ridiculous:
“In the upper chamber, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago described the Supreme Court ruling as “an exhibition of judicial sagacity and sobriety.”
Santiago said the DOJ had “no legal basis” to issue watch-list orders based on the memorandum circular.
She rejected the argument that Arroyo’s constitutional right to travel could be suppressed as a matter of “national interest.” She noted that a person could be barred from traveling based only on three exceptions: national security, public safety or public health.
“It is a very serious and grave mistake to think that national security, public safety and public health can be interchanged with national interest,” she said. “We are putting words in the mouth of the Constitution, that is why the Supreme Court ruling is correct.”
Santiago also described as “full of holes” the argument that Arroyo could no longer be forced to return if she went to a country with no extradition treaty with the Philippines.
“It is not true that just because a country has no extradition treaty (with the Philippines) it does not necessarily signify that Mrs. Arroyo deliberately chose those countries because she wants to hide there,” she said.”
Why do they consider GMA a threat in the first place? She is no longer the President of the Philippines and in saying that some of the members of the Supreme Court are under her payroll is an insult to the institution. Common sense it seems had left Malacanang as soon as the new President moved in. Paranoia might instead be causing them to keep making one mistake after another, which in turn is wreaking havoc on the morale of the Filipino people. Sadly, PNoy is happy to use his position to ignore the law. The law which is supposed to put some sense in an otherwise senseless decision. The law, which is telling PNoy that it is becoming obvious that it is hard to charge GMA with anything that would stick. Our institutions are definitely under attack under the Aquino administration. Every Filipino citizen should watch out.
Or should I say PNoy should watch out — because he reminds me of the coyote in Warner Brothers’ The Road Runner. PNoy’s pursuit of GMA is reminiscent of those classic scenes of Wile E. Coyote running after the Road Runner. We all know how every episode ends: the dynamite always blows up in the Coyote’s face.
In life, things are not always what they seem.